By Carmela Martinez
The National Unity Party (NUP) will not field any candidates for the 2022 elections said NUP President Elpidio Barzaga Jr. on Monday.
“We are not entertaining any idea that any member of the national unity party would run as senator or even for a higher position in 2022,” said Barzaga in an interview with ANC’s Early Edition.
This was amid questions about their rise to power.
Particularly, when they adopted neophyte congressman Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and when their party doubled in size, from 25 to 50 members according to the House of Representatives.
Yet despite this, NUP will not compete with PDP-Laban.
“In so far as our party is concerned, we are always united and we are always behind the president in so far as legislation necessary for our people are concerned and therefore, we do not consider ourselves as a threat to the PDP-Laban,” said Barzaga.
Barzaga said that the NUP started out as a small party with a goal to forge unity among legislators and also among the people. They are more than satisfied with having a small party.
Though if a member developed themselves enough to be a potential senator or presidential candidate. Barzaga said they will “cross the bridge” when they reach it.
With regards to their new members, according to the House of Representatives, seven members are affiliated party-list members and 43 are district congressmen.
12 members of the PDP-Laban also transferred to the NUP.
Barzaga said they did not recruit these people and it is their personal decision to be affiliated with the NUP.
According to Barzaga, Paolo Duterte expressed interest in joining the NUP when he saw the camaraderie amongst them. They invited him join even without renouncing his local affiliation to Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod.
When asked why they joined he said, “We are able to maintain our identity as NUP from 2010 up to the present despite of the fact we are not the party in power,”